Students from West Jefferson High School, with the help of art teacher Keith Eccles, designed and painted a 16-foot New Orleans-themed mural live at the National Art Education Association National Convention.

More than 4,000 art educators from around the country could watch the students’ progress on the mural in the Ernest Morial Convention Center exhibit hall.

Students spent three months designing the mural, which was sponsored by the art materials company Liquitex. Bill Worley, an accounts manager at Liquitex and a West Jefferson High School alum, helped facilitate the collaborative art project.

Students working on the project include Harold Allen, May Do, Shiloh Williams, Tyler Lazier, Damien Cheatteam, Brianne Sylvester, Odina Michel, Rachel Ramos, Ciara Cuccia, Hanson Nguyen and Stacy Barrera.

The mural will be moved and installed at West Jefferson before the end of the school year. For information, visit